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Ascending and Descending Order

Ascending and descending order of numbers deals with the arrangement of numbers in a particular order.

A group of numbers are said to be in ascending order if the numbers are arranged in an increasing order, i.e. they are going up. The next number in the group is higher than the one before it. (Remember, ascend means going up)

When we arrange a group of numbers in decreasing (going down) order, we call it descending order. (Remember, descend means going down).

Now let us look at a few examples of ascending and descending order of numbers

Example 1: Arrange the following numbers in ascending order.

33, 45, 75392, 2, 64, 123, 3245

Answer: 2, 33, 45,  64, 123, 3245, 75392

Example 2: Arrange the following numbers in descending order.

1123, 7, 19, 7932, 147, 169, 5392, 81, 123

Answer:  7932, 5392, 1123, 169, 147, 123, 81, 19, 7

Example 3: Find the average of 4, 7, 12, 10, 2

Answer: Average of a set of numbers involves adding all the numbers, and then dividing this sum by the total number of numbers.

Here the sum of numbers is 4 +7 + 12 + 10 + 2  =  35

You may also want to arrange the numbers in either ascending order or descending order to make it easy to calculate their sum

The average of these 5 numbers is  =  7